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Information Literacy

Information Literacy

Information Literacy & Research (IL) is a part of Old Dominion University's (ODU) General Education Curriculum. The General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) adopted the IL definition developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as one of their Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) rubrics: "Information literacy is the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand" (Rhodes, 2010).

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) suggested by the criteria in the VALUE rubric are:

  1. Determine the Extent of Information Needed
  2. Access the Needed Information
  3. Evaluation Information and Its Sources Critically
  4. Use Information Effectively to Accomplish a Specific Purpose
  5. Access and Use Information Ethically and Legally


During Spring 2014, four lower division courses in which IL is documented in written assignment(s) (e.g., papers, projects, reflections, lab reports, etc.) will be selected (representing four colleges). Faculty teaching those courses will be asked to submit electronic artifacts that will be scored by a group of faculty using the revised rubric. The courses identified from Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters are:



CoHS - HLTH 120G

CoS - CS 120G/121G